After suffering a blowout loss in the series opener, it was the Pirates who put together an offensive output on Tuesday night. Pittsburgh was up 8-0 before the Cincinnati Reds were able to get on the board in the 5th inning and they never looked back as they hung on for a 9-5 win to even up the series.

Final R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates (38-41)
9 10 2
Cincinnati Reds (37-42)
5 8 0
W: Keller (9-4) L: Greene (5-3)
Box Score | Game Thread

Hunter Greene began the game by walking Andrew McCutchen. Almost immediately after his second pitch to Bryan Reynolds, Greene threw up all over the mound. That may have been a sign of things to come on this night because five pitches later it was Reynolds hitting a 2-run homer way up the stands in right field. A walk to Rowdy Tellez was followed up by his first stolen base in two years, and just his 4th in his 7-year career, when no one seemed to be paying attention to him. That came back to bite the Reds as he would score on a 2-out single to make it 3-0.

Jonathan India would lead off the bottom of the 1st with a walk, stole second base, and moved to third on a groundout. The Reds then seemed to have the contact play on because Jeimer Candelario hit a little chopper to the pitcher and India broke for the plate and was out on a bang-bang play.

Greene had a quick and easy 2nd inning, but the Pirates went back to work in the 3rd. They put together five straight singles, including one where the Reds defense was caught sleeping and saw Oneil Cruz steal a run.

Yasmani Grandal capped off the inning for Pittsburgh with a sacrifice fly that made it 6-0.

In the bottom of the inning the Reds loaded the bases with one out after an error, hit batter, and a walk. Back-to-back strikeouts from Jeimer Candelario and Spencer Steer would strand all three runners as Cincinnati failed to take advantage of their opportunity.

Buck Farmer took over for the Reds to start the 5th inning. After picking up two outs he would give up a single and then watch Jared Triolo hit a laser just above the yellow line in left field for a 2-run homer that put Pittsburgh up 8-0.

Cincinnati’s half of the inning began with another walk from Jonathan India, and he moved up to third on a double by Elly De La Cruz. The Reds would get their first run of the night on a groundout, but they weren’t done. Spencer Steer picked up an RBI on a double and Tyler Stephenson added a third run in the inning on a 2-out triple off of the wall in right field.

The Reds called on rookie Yosver Zulueta to pitch in the 6th inning. Making his big league debut, the Cuban-born right-hander walked the first two batters he faced. He then came back and struck out the next two. But Rowdy Tellez took the first pitch he saw, a 99 MPH sinker, and sent it into left field where Will Benson fielded it and fired to the plate, but Michael A. Taylor slid in just ahead of the tag to make it 9-3. Zulueta would strike out the next batter to end the top of the inning.

Jonathan India picked up a 2-out double in the bottom of the 6th – the 4th time he’d reached base on the night – and then he came around to score when Elly De La Cruz hit a ball to the warning track in center that clanked off of the glove of Michael A. Taylor and originally went for a triple, but was later overturned and ruled as an error. Still, it brought in a run to make it 9-4.

Zulueta returned to the mound and tossed two shutout innings to follow, finishing his big league debut with 3.0 innings of relief and four strikeouts. Brent Suter took over in the 9th inning and tossed a perfect frame, giving the offense one more chance for the big rally they would need to come back in this one.

Jonathan India did his part, leading off with another double as he continued his big night at the plate. Elly De La Cruz followed up with an infield hit and things were moving in the right direction. But they quickly weren’t as Jeimer Candelario took the first pitch he saw and grounded into a double play, though India did score on the play to make it 9-5. Spencer Steer kept the game alive with a seeing-eye single into right field, but Levi Jordan struck out to end the game.

Key Moment of the Game

Edward Olivares coming through with a 2-run single in the 3rd inning to extend the Pirates lead to 5-0.

Notes Worth Noting

Jonathan India went 2-2 with 2 doubles, 2 walks, a hit by pitch, three runs, and two steals. The last time he stole two bases in the same game was on June 3rd of 2023. The time before that? June 2nd of 2023. India is hitting .343/.415/.500 in June.

Elly De La Cruz had his 4th straight multi-hit game. His OPS has gone up 32 points over the last four games thanks to three doubles and two home runs during the hot streak.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cincinnati Reds

Wednesday June 26th, 1:10pm ET

Luis Ortiz (3-2, 3.45 ERA) vs Graham Ashcraft (4-3, 5.05 ERA)

73 Responses

  1. Nick in NKY

    Dang. Rough night. Will Benson’s middle name might be potential, but at some point you gotta do something different. This just isn’t working.

    • Jason T.

      Not working at all. He looks so lost. And shows zero signs of improving.

    • Moon

      0-4 with three strike outs. I believe he is on a 0-25 streak and is hitting .188. It is not hard to replace that kind of production (of lack of). He really needs to go to AAA to find himself. It would obviously improve the Reds lineup but I think it would also help him. He is lost right now.

      • RedsMonk65

        Yes. A decision on Benson is long past due — for his own good and that of the team.

    • Longtimefan

      Benson,4AB 3 strikeouts. They must be trying to shame the kid out of baseball. 3/15 with RISP. Alot different than last night. (8/12). It’s great they got 15 RISP but they need to capitalize better. Bad Candy has reappeared. I don’t know why they ever throw him a strike. Curveball in the dirt in or out and he will swing. Let’s hope Hunter just had a bug and will get back to being good Hunter next start.

    • TR

      The Guardians, obviously, knew something about Benson to let him go.

  2. Dennis Westrick

    Again, the Reds had chances to score more than the 5 runs they did score tonight! Despite the obvious bad start by HG, the offense continued to struggle with RISP. Reds were 3 for 15 with RISP and the Candy Man was 0 for 5 in that category! That stat, coupled with another 9 strikeouts proved fatal!

    Need to have a short memory and win the series tomorrow!

    • Brian

      I guess that it’s ok to gripe on here tonight without being called a crappy fan since Lance is complaining on the radio tonight.
      It’s been crappy fundamentals all year folks.

    • Redsvol

      Agree Dennis. Without TJ Friedl this is just a different team.

      And Will Benson, let’s get Dunn up here asap to give that kid a break. His whole approach at the plate needs to be reworked. And Fraley hasn’t been much better. Getting absolutely nothing from the outfield this year.

      Greene just looks tired. Long way to go man.

      • Steven Ross

        Blake Dunn is on the IL after getting hit in the head/helmet. Out for a week, I believe.

  3. VaRedsFan

    Just listened to Hunter’s post game interview.
    He couldn’t explain his vomiting episodes the last 2 games.

    Thought he over hydrated last time, so he did the opposite of that today, and it happened again.

    It definitely affected his focus in the 1st inning.
    A bunch of weak contact hits (4 of 5) in the 3rd, did him in.

  4. RedsMonk65

    Tough loss. Greene just did not have it (whether due to illness or whatever). Bullpen beyond Farmer held up fairly well–especially the new guy. Great game by India. Good games for EDLC and Steer. Just too little too late. Can still take the series in the get-a-way game tomorrow.

    • jmb

      Yes, pitchers sometimes just don’t have it. It happens to the best. Good to see the bats of India, EDLC, and Steer warming up. With Friedl out, though, the OF is atrocious! After a slump, Ward’s bat is heating up again for the Angels.

  5. VaRedsFan

    Ashcraft will be up to pitch tomorrow.

    Wish it was Sims that was leaving, but I’m sure Zulueta is the man that goes down.

    • Doc

      Zuletta probably goes down since he threw three innings and won’t be available tonight, but he acquitted himself well after the early jitters and earned himself another call up as soon as all the stupid rules are satisfied.

  6. OcotilloGus

    The idea of having Will Benson go out there and strikeout two or three times a game is shameful. I’ve been a Bell supporter until this season but if he believes having a player in the lineup who everyone knows is overmatched and is guaranteed to wiff a couple of times a game is not a major league manager. I’ve been a huge Reds fan since the 1950’s and this is one of the most embarrassing teams I’ve ever watched.

  7. DW

    Tough night, but it sure was good to see:
    1) some fight in them, even down 6-0
    2) India finally playing like he is capable of
    3) EDLC staying hot

    Not eased with some of Hunter’s attitude, but good to see him battle through a rough night to cover some innings.

    Tired of seeing Fraley mental lapses and Benson’s pitcheresque hitting. They are hurting Benson and the team by penciling him into the lineup everyday. Send him down to work on things!

  8. LDS

    Well, the best the Reds community can hope for is a, Cubs loss, otherwise the Reds will sole possession of last place. A team that makes no efforts to correct mistakes, no personnel changes, continues to play the same “lost” players so everyone is “happy”, etc. deserves to be in last place. Krall has done nothing. Bell, well we see what he does, and nothing changes, nothing will change, and another fire sale is in the offing.

  9. RedinInd

    Lance McAlister is venting tonight.
    Spot on, imho.

      • RedinInd

        Beginning with Bell and Johnson – what they did to Hunter tonight was criminal.
        He’s never seen a worse Reds team; a total embarrassment and the team should be embarrassed.

      • Melvin

        haha Listening right now, “I’m not the general manager. It’s YOUR JOB!!! Do SOMETHING about Benson”!!!! 😀

      • Melvin

        I, like many I’m sure, can relate.

      • Melvin

        Lance – “What Nick Krall is doing to Will Benson lacks mercy”.

        Hard to disagree. I would add what he’s doing to die hard Reds fans lacks mercy. haha

      • Melvin

        Nick Krall is “comfortable”….that’s my quote. Not his.

        Lance says, “This is a snapping point tonight”.

    • Oldtimer

      He’s was sucking up to Reds management (Bell on up) earlier this week.

      Some nights, he’s McAlister (his WLW persona). Other nights, he’s Gose (his real name) and just a fan like us.

      • ksdavis

        That is the problem with Lance. I used to follow him on Facebook but no longer do. Critical of anybody who criticized Bell and some of his actions. This last week or so has brought out a host of criticism not only from the Reds broadcast team, but also opposing teams broadcast teams (Youk from the Red Sox). So maybe the great masses of fans understand that something is wrong, and now Lance jumps on the bandwagon.

  10. Ron

    The biggest problem with this team is there is no consistency. Whether it’s pitching, hitting, defense, base running or general awareness of basic fundamentals. They are consistent at being inconsistent. Blame it on injuries, blame it on youth, blame it on the manager or the front office. There’s plenty of blame to go around. How do you fix it? It would appear that the manager, the coaches nor the front office have an answer to that question.

  11. Mark A Verticchio

    Bell has lost total control of this team, if he ever had any to begin with. Tonight many are embarrassed to be Reds fans.

  12. Tony Cloninger

    Do you really think they are going to force Hunter to go out there without him wanting to gut through it. Does he have to tell you he wanted to gut it out without you believing it? This is a guy who didn’t want a start pushed back and tried to talk them out if it.
    This guy got criticized by more than enough people that he didn’t seem to care or was not trying to improve.

  13. PhP

    If Benson could turn things around and be his .850+ OPS of last year this August or 2025 it would be huge for this team. Send him down now and try to help him find his stroke. Feel bad for the guy just continuing to let him fail like this.

    • jmb

      If he doesn’t turn things around, he’ll be sent down when Friedl comes back.

  14. Klugo

    That Key Moment may have been “heads up” base running but it was brought to you by lazy, effortless, OF play outta Fraley. Greene also gave away an opportunity to get an out at the plate by cutting off an assist about 5 ft in front of TySteve. These are boneheaded plays we are seeing over and over from players who have been in this system for a minute now. Plays that we just don’t see from the likes of CLE or MIL. Winning cultures don’t make these plays and we make them all the time. Fire Bell.

    • ksdavis

      That is my gripe the last few years. Many will claim that the sole job of the minors is to develop your players so they can be promoted to the bigs. My take is that the is another task of the minors – win so that culture is developed – and that means doing things the right way to enable winning. Earlier this year Tampa Bay manager pulled former Red Jose Siri from the lineup for not hustling. Do you think Bell would pull anybody for mistakes that they make ? No it is “we will learn from this”. Schools out, time to be accountable.

      • Rob

        He is not a Manager. A manager manages his people and puts them in a position to be individually and collectively successful. Collectively, this is not a successful unit. We are barely holding our own against rebuilding organizations like the Pirates, Cards, and Nationals. We hear no cries of help from him and in fact it is close to the opposite from a fans standpoint. “We are fine and we will turn this around.” No, there is underperformance throughout the unit and you need upgrades. Either he needs fired for not getting the job done or we need better players. And it is not just a few rabid fans that see this. It is insiders and outsiders. I wish I felt more comfortable that Krall and Bell were having these conversations on a weekly basis but I am not certain they are. The last 10 or so moves have been via the Louisville bus. That is more akin to fill ins or vacation relief. Krall has the responsibility for providing the personnel (including the Manager) to make this team successful. He started a reconstruction in early 2022. We lost Castillo, Mahle, Naquin, Votto, Barnhart, Moose, Miley, Wink, Geno, and Nick. In return we acquired Williamson, Arroyo, CES, Marte, Stoudt, Moll, Candy, Pagan, Martinez, Montas, and a few others along the way. The point is that with the exception of Marte and Arroyo, the core of the present and future team is here. Sure there will be free agent adds and deletes, and yes the pipeline will continue to drip in a prospect here and there but probably nothing close to the outpouring we have seen since 2022. That is essentially past tense. To quote someone else “we are who we are.” We are not going to rebuild and trade away our younger established players like Stephenson, McLain, Greene, Lodolo, Abbott, and Elly. To improve this club, we are going to have to trade the plus guys and the young potential. Guys like Friedl, Ashcraft, Williamson, Marte, CES, and desirable prospects. Contenders want pieces that will immediately help them. I seriously doubt the Indians would trade us Kuan or Ramirez for 3 hot prospects. Or the Dodgers trade us Will Smith for similar. Now a guy like Martinez or Pagan might get you a mid to higher level prospect. But who needs prospects? Non contenders is probably where you you are going to find your 2024 help. Fringe teams like the Astros, Blue Jays, and Rays might also be fertile ground here. Or just sit back and continue to believe the team is fine and Marte, CES, Benson, and Friedl will all have 850 OPS in the second half. That thinking will get you beat by the Cards and Pirates.

      • LDS

        I agree that Bell should be gone. He should have been gone years ago. The problem now, as you can see around the various baseball media, Bell is now an All-Star manager. There’s virtually no chance that Krall would get rid of him before the All-Star game and very little probability that he will after the game. Bottom line, we’re stuck with Bell and all the mediocrity that goes with it for the foreseeable future. Given the age of some of us here, there’s a better chance that one of us won’t be around to see the next Reds manager, or the Reds next World Series. Castellini lied from the outset and that’s not changing. And remember if Bob passes, Phil likely takes over. And unequivocally, Phil will be much, much worse.

  15. Jeremiah

    Tough decision on whether to remove Greene after throwing up. If he wanted to stay in I get allowing him to make that decision. Plus you’d have to really tax your bullpen. But in hindsight seems they should have pulled him out there in the first.

    India really heating up is nice to see. Fraleys play really disappointing, on the Cruz run, he’s had a tough year overall.

    Someone else I think mentioned Soto hasn’t played yet since being called up? Bell seems to not like certain call ups at times I wonder as occasionally a guy is called up and he just doesn’t play the guy.

    • Melvin

      “Someone else I think mentioned Soto hasn’t played yet since being called up?”

      Yeah

    • jmb

      EDLC needs to move to RF. Soto and Espinal can man SS until McLain comes back. That would allow for Fraley (though his struggles are with issues off the field at present) to be a bench player, which is what is always was, and for Benson to be sent down, traded, or dfa’d.

  16. JB

    I stopped watching after the 3rd inning. Bell is a complete tool. Front office is a joke and I would love to see a poll around the league of who has the worst front office, owner, manager. If it wasn’t for Oakland , the Reds would have a clean sweep. Another year lost and another year closer to free agency for Elly and others. Once a storied franchise is now a heap of smoldering dung.

    • TR

      As a fan (fanatic) is it really that bad? Last year’s exciting team was hit by injuries this year, half a season to yet be played and today’s game could be a series win for the Reds. As we know, there’s a lot of ups and downs in a long season.

  17. Mike Caldwell

    I never have liked the run on contact play with a base runner on 3rd. Seems like the runner is out most of the time. It shows a lack of confidence in the player’s ability to decide whether or not he has a good chance of making it.

    • Old Big Ed

      I agree. The Reds are 1-for-97 at it, or so it seems.

      You gotta trust the on-deck hitter sometimes.

  18. Randoxu1

    I see someone absent on here for their guy Benson. Strikeouts are overated. Except when it comes to Benson, he can’t make contact period. It’s a joke that he is on this roster but the front office doesn’t seem to care. God forbid Bell could play soto or Jordan again after the night before, but he knows things. Sad top to bottom.

    • Indy Red Man

      People were saying sending Elly down too and that didn’t age well. But….Benson gotta go. Agree w Jordan and Soto, but I say it every year. It’s just a bummer Benson and CES were so terrible. McLain will be back. Which .400 hitter do they take or end up with? Keep in mind Stuey hit .360 in college and Senzel was a monster in the SEC. Lowder hasn’t been very good either. Get Marte up too at the first sign of life at AAA. Big Tony too. Move on from Farmer and probably Sims too

      Props to AA, Abbott, Lodolo, and HG. Candy won’t be Moose II, but can only play 1B.

      • Indy Red Man

        India too. He’s played well and atleast tries to be a leader. Just hit n run whoever’s on first because he’s a gidp machine

  19. Mark A Verticchio

    I realize Fraley is having a tough time in life, but you just can’t make a lazy bonehead play like last night. He should have not gone out the next inning. Bell has to let people know that that type of play will not be tolerated.

    • CI3J

      Didn’t you hear what India said?

      “We like Bell because he doesn’t yell at us.”

      Absolutely no way is Bell ever going to call anyone out on anything.

      Sloppy and mediocre is good enough for him and, gosh darn it, it should be good enough for us, too.

    • Jim Walker

      Fraley’s personal life situation is his private business. As such all I will say is this:

      Bereavement leave is available for players experiencing serious illness in their immediate family. It must be taken in increments of 3-7 days. Multiple stints can used as justified by a situation. A player on Bereavement does not count against the 26 man roster but does count against the 40 man roster. A player on Bereavement receives full pay and service time for days spent on the Bereavement List.

  20. Steven Ross

    I feel for Will Benson but he’s lost. Can’t keep rolling him out there yet Bell continues to do so. Send him down and hope he can turn it around. Could mention Fairchild in the same breath.

    I’d like to find a GF who believes in me like Bell believes in Benson.

  21. Pablo

    This team needs a manager with the temperament of a Lou Pinella or Davey Johnson. Old school and not willing to put up with BS or bonehead plays. Can you imagine Bell wrestling a player in the clubhouse like Lou did with Dibble?? Me either………..

    • Indy Red Man

      Good or bad…those days are dead. College coaches can’t do it with the transfer portal and NIL so pro coaches definitely can’t do it. Surely though a manager could raise expectations and do away with the country club attitude/effort without berating people or fighting them. I thought Billy Martin was ridiculous when I was 12.

    • CI3J

      Remember when Jack McKeon told one of his players (I forget who) that if he ever ran through a sign again at 3rd base, he’d shoot him?

      Well, the player did it again, and a gunshot rang out, causing the player to hit the deck. Trader Jack had actually got a gun and loaded it with blanks, and “shot” at the player.

      Today he would be arrested for the threat, nevermind the mock “shooting”.

      EDIT: Before I hit “post”, I decided to find the story. Here it is:

      Kansas City Royals Manager Jack McKeon recalled a young minor-league speedster named Juan Visteur who played for him at Wilson, N.C. Visteur sailed through so many stop signals at third base that McKeon threatened to shoot him the next time he ran through one. “Visteur was Cuban, and about that time everybody was shooting at everybody down there,” said McKeon. “I bought a couple of blank cartridge pistols and carried them in my hip pockets. So one night Visteur goes right through my sign and I let him get about halfway toward home plate and then, pow! pow! Visteur took a leap, slid in headfirst and was safe as he knocked the ball loose from the catcher. He lay there, face down, with his hands over his head. I think he got the message.”

  22. Mark Moore

    Inconsistency, sloppy play, failure to convert opportunities, struggling starting pitcher … all chapter/verse we’ve heard/sung before.

    Odiferous. Ichthus. Kettle!!!

    Something has to change, but my faith in that is very limited. Can we “reverse the trend” and win this little series today?

  23. Doc4uk

    Fraley and Benson both are lost. Fairchild has his moments and is a good late inning defensive replacement. Friedl has trouble staying on the field and is not the long term answer.

    So that leaves Steer. Perhaps if Hinds can cut down on Strike Outs then he might be a piece. But that is a big “If” . Not sure Dunn is the answer either.

    So time to trade off minor league In Fielders for Major League ready out fielders with some power. I still believe that McClain returns as a SS next year, Condon is rushed up as the second pick and is inserted as the long term 3B, Candy moves to 1B, India stays at 2B until he is replaced by Arroyo, and Elly goes to CF where his speed is better utilized.

    That leaves only one RF to be obtained by trade and one really good DH.

    • Old Big Ed

      They are going to keep Elly as SS next year. McLain’s arm pales compared to Elly. If they move Elly away from SS, it will be for Arroyo, not McLain.

      They need to trade a handful of prospects for Luis Robert. He checks all the boxes. He’s 26. Hits right-handed. Plays a good CF. Has a history of production (38 homers with 129 OPS+ last season). Needs a change of scenery. Excellent contract that gives the team control through 2027. Gonna cost a ton, but the Reds have the prospects to pull it off.

  24. JB WV

    Hunter has a new twist on Gaylord Perry’s spitball: the barfball, although I wouldn’t want to be the catcher

  25. SultanofSwaff

    Did we ever get an exit velo on Hunter’s vomit?

  26. Jessecuster44

    I am sick and tired of this team. Bell is awful, the trainers are awful, Krall is milquetoast.

    The earth needs to swallow Bob C, his family, and the rest of the minority owners whole.

  27. DataDumpster

    In spite of all the bonehead plays going into overdrive, The Reds are far from being out of the Wild Card race. With the top 2 in each division very likely qualifying (according to Fangraphs), that leaves the DBacks and Mets for the projected final 2 spots with their
    simulated 81-81 record. That means the home team (theoretically) could match last year’s 82-80 record and slip in one of the 2 last spots. It would only take a 45-38 (.542) record from here to make that happen. A low bar for sure but that scenario would certainly let the crow out of the cage to sing the high praise for David Bell and justify why they didn’t make an impact signing. If the Wild Card spot is not achieved, then fire Bell and load up in the offseason. That’s more hope than reality but if The Bull cannot make such a move then this “new strategy” only means that the playoff futility would then enter the 30 year window.

  28. Roger Garrett

    Tuned in late to the game and knew nothing about Greene vomiting but just listened to Lance Mac’s rant and he is 100% correct.I commented on Benson in the game thread and it is just wrong for the team and more importantly for Benson to keep sending him out there.Didn’t know about Hunter and didn’t know the Reds sent Lodolo out to the mound with a blister.He said it best you don’t do that to core pieces just because you don’t know what to do if they don’t take the mound or you don’t know what to do about tomorrow’s game.This is awful and if you want to know why no free agents unless you over pay want to come to play for the Reds,this would be a good place to start.Just to add another one,the Reds played with no bench the last game in Pittsburgh,no bench no call for help.I don’t buy it when anybody says well he wanted to go so we let him go out there.Are you kidding me?Where is the leadership in the dugout or in the front office?Lance brought up the CES season ending surgery.Two months thats right two months almost to the day a decision is made.As was said you can’t make this stuff up because nobody would believe it and he’s right.Bad base running,too many punchouts,listless over all play is just a pimple on an elephant compared to the real problems with this organization.Treating players as they continue to do is just criminal.Get rid of this bunch right now.Clean house.

  29. MBS

    It looks like we are Ashcraft official! I’m looking forward to seeing the old bull dog version of Ashcraft today.

    Zuleta, looked good after the first 2 batters, I’m sure we’ll see him again.

    • JB

      Same here. I like Ashcraft and his mentality of throwing inside or wherever he pleases. Hope he can turn it around today

  30. Mike Adams

    I think the situation with the Reds is a matter of priorities.
    We fans want an entertaining team that plays smart and competes for a playoff spot. This entertainment includes some regular, consistent hitting; say small ball?
    The players priority is to get paid, have fun and not get yelled at. They try to win but if they don’t well that is injuries or things didn’t go our way or the other team beat us or whatever. They are always locked into a cycle of getting better.
    Bell’s priority is to get the guys to like him, let them have fun, play everybody and win if it isn’t too much trouble.
    The owners’ priority is to maximize revenue and minimize cost, have a team good enough to keep fans coming to GABP, that generates eternal hope with the fans.
    Why can’t we all be happy and get along? (sarc)

    • Mike Adams

      To finish my thought on the above, 3 out of 4 groups described above are happy with the status quo.
      Guess which group is not happy?

    • wkuchad

      At best, you’re 50% correct above

  31. Jim Walker

    Breaking on X right now that in addition to Ashcraft being recalled (Zulueta optioned), Marte has been recalled from his “rehab assignment”. No indication if he will be activated at MLB or optioned to minors when eligible (tomorrow if today’s game is played). Either way, a 40 man spot will be required for him.

    • Grand Salami

      Benson has options, correct? It would make most sense.

  32. Laredo Slider

    Zulueta pitched well, gives the Reds another long relief guy…if anybody cares.

    Brian Reynolds is a classic example of what the Reds OF is missing. The guy can play for me anytime.

  33. Patrick

    Missing the fire and energy from last year when they went on a run. Until they find that fire, this team is going to continue to look sad.